Tag Archives: Christ

Don’t Despair ~ Snippets of Rain

Snippets of RainDon’t despair

Look unto the light of My countenance
To what you have now
To what lies ahead
My presence
My glory
My power

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For believers in Christ, it’s never over!

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
(Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭20-21‬ KJV)

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The Privilege of Prayer

The Privilege of PrayerWhat a privilege we have, indeed,
To bow to God on our knees.
To come boldly before His throne
And present to Him all of our pleas.

How amazing an activity,
To approach the King of kings.
To know He hears our requests,
No matter how trivial they seem.

What blessings through prayer we receive!
To know Christ more intimately,
To yield to Him all of our cares,
And find a peace so extraordinary!

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“When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.”
Jonah 2:7

Sadly, (and I am guilty of this too) we face a crisis and then panic, worry or react first.  Only as a last resort do we run to God.  We forget what a powerful privilege it is to pray. 

I still have many limitations and can’t do much work on computers these days, but I can still spend time in prayer!  Let me know of any prayer needs.  I would love to lift them up to the Lord on your behalf.

For more of my poems, see Poetry Corner

Tiny Rosebud ~ Significant in God’s Eyes

Rosebud ~ ready to share its beauty

Rosebud ~ was scarcely an inch in length

Tiny rosebud
Open up please
Share your fragrant beauty
With desperate souls in need

One need not measure a rose to discover its beauty.  An insignificant rosebud is as capable of producing loveliness and a pleasing aroma, as is a lofty hybrid.  All needed is for it to open up and share.   

Do you feel like all you have left is a tiny fragment of usefulness in God’s kingdom? 

It is enough. 

When given in sincerity, God accepts the fragments of our lives.

He uses leftover pieces.  Seemingly insignificant people.  Tiny rosebuds.

All God requires is that we open our hearts to receive Him and then surrender to share His love.  The offering is not measured by the size of the gift; rather, our willingness to obey and to share Christ with others. 

It doesn’t matter if you feel insignificant.  As you faithfully spread the aroma of Christ to those around you, His beauty is what comes forth and is pleasing to the Father.  

As His child, you are significant in God’s eyes.

I love that about God, don’t you?  How much we matter to Him.

Rose bud 2“For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ”
2 Corinthians 2:15a

Gully Washers ~ Helping Others Through Life’s Raging Rivers

Raging River

Raging River ~ a gully washer

Down south, when it rains hard, we call it a gully washer.  These are the kind of rainstorms where the water gushes down into gutters and through culverts, with flash flood strength.

Raging River Prehistoric

Raging River Prehistoric

I took these photos near the end of one, still showing the force of water rushing into a gutter.  While it collected, the water almost looked like a prehistoric animal.

Raging River Demon

Raging River Demon

This one looked like it had the face of a demon ~ creepy! 

Gully Washers of Life

As my husband and I recently discovered, life’s gully washers can certainly hit with demon-forced strength.  We both still feel like we got pounded!  Like for us, the raging of the flood can last long and grow strong enough to try to sweep you away.

Through it, though, we once again found that there is help and hope no matter the intensity or outcome of the battle.  And a way to look beyond one’s own circumstances and bless others along the way.

The day I captured these pictures was a Sunday.  The rain had just drenched the road in front of my church, before I left for home.  Were it not for the kindness of a parishioner, who had laid bricks as stepping-stones, those of us leaving would have had to traverse a raging river to the parking lot.  The raised brick walkway instead enabled us to make it to our cars with a smile on our faces and dry toes in our shoes.

Help Others During Gully Washers

The thoughtfulness of the brick layer got me to thinking about things we can do to help someone going through a gully washer in life.  Even if we are still in the midst of one ourselves.

We all face times of stormy trials.  With God’s help, we can make it safely to the other side and learn invaluable lessons of endurance.  Lessons designed to equip us to encourage others going through difficulties.  As our circumstances grow us, He doesn’t want us to live in a vacuum. 

Instead, by His power, God wants our lives always on display, shining His light and being used for His purposes.  As Jim and I learned throughout his hospital journey, opportunities for doing so presented daily, and were often just simple acts of kindness on our part.  Some, though, required courageous acts of restraint when issues arose.

Stepping Stones of God’s Light During Gully Washers

In some form or fashion, we can all be stepping-stones of help, light or encouragement to those God places in our path:

We can simply listen and show that we care.  Really listen, to comfort and understand.

We can go out of our way to offer a helping hand.  Or simply hold a hurting hand in need.

We can forgive, even when doing so hurts and the offense seems justified.

We can pray, in earnest, with heart-wrenching, gully washing tears.

Such kind consideration for others models that of our Good Shepherd, who leads us through every storm to places where pastures are green and waters are still.

Raging River ~ Reaching for Help

Raging River ~ do you see the shape of a stick figure, reaching up for help?

With God’s help, we don’t have to suffer through struggles alone.  We can reach out to the One who calms the storms.  But when we reach the seasons of peaceful valleys, Jesus asks that we not grow complacent by neglecting those around us hurting and in need.

With Christ as our example, deeds of comfort and compassion may be their only bricks over the gully washer; the only chance they have of making it safely through to the other side of their raging river.

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

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**I would love to hear from you.  Tell of a time when God used a storm or trial as an avenue for you to bless others. 

 

 

I Had Jesus There~ Did You?

I Had Jesus

I had times throughout the holidays
That were special,
That brought treasured memories.
Didn’t you?

I saw people at holiday gatherings
Who are dear to me,
Who are blessings to be around.
Didn’t you?

I had many instances during the celebrations
Of warm feelings,
Of pleasant attitudes.
Didn’t you?

I had opportunities this season
To experience love,
To experience gratitude.
Didn’t you?

But I also had things throughout the holidays
That were not fun,
That were not joyous.
Didn’t you?

I encountered people during the holidays
Who didn’t act nice,
Who didn’t love Christ.
Didn’t you?

I had moments during the celebrations
Of unhappy feelings,
Of unloving attitudes.
Didn’t you?

I had reasons this holiday season
To let discouragement reign,
To let my hope dissipate.
Didn’t you?

But I had Jesus there throughout the holidays
To faithfully draw near,
To hold me close with every tear.
Did you?

“You drew near on the day I called on You,
And said, “Do not fear!”
Lam. 3:57
NKJV

The enemy does his best to sabotage the very season that should bring the most joy.  God is faithful to draw near, though.  Even His announcement through the angel to the shepherds reminds us: when life gets difficult, and circumstances steal our hope,
“Fear not”

When we have Jesus, we have all we need.
Do you know Him?

Sue Nash/2013

The Christmas Challenge ~ Be a Blessing

For a friend who cannot get out much

For a friend who cannot get out much

Christmas has gotten greedy and selfish, especially in America.  It seems like fighting over who is first in line for the latest toy or hurting someone to steal their large screen TV is becoming the norm.

‘My’ child deserves this new X Box.  ‘My’ husband needs this i Pad.  ‘I’ deserve these new boots, not you.

Sad.

Culture has taught that new is better and pampering ourselves rules.  All the while, the true message that Christ taught, of blessing others, gets lost in the shopping madness.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to give special gifts to our loved ones, or of wanting something new for Christmas.  However, when we do so at the expense of neglecting to give to others, we miss the truest blessings of the season.

In reality, by the time they trash the bows, the kids have likely moved on to what they want next.  The new wears off about as fast as they open the box these days.  Even the Grinch could vouch for that.

However, Christmas that is all about getting stuff doesn’t satisfy; it only temporarily thrills.  The secret to feeling true warmth at this season is giving.  By drawing near to Christ, then letting Him bless others through you.   Giving affords the way to be a blessing.

Most of us who already know this.  So, when you are out there frantically trying to finish your holiday shopping, allow the Holy Spirit to direct you about who and how to bless.  The needs are everywhere, but opportunities for giving are sometimes close to home, even right down the street. 

It may just be that those people God puts on your heart has a need that nobody else will meet.  For them, you could be their only Christmas blessing. 

Blessings to each of you today,
Sue

Does Christ Mean More?

Does Christ Mean MoreDoes Christ mean more
Than twinkling lights,
  Or choruses
Of O Holy night?

Does seeking Him
Have priority
Over Santa
And festivities?

Does lining homes
With wreaths and mangers
Take up more time
Than loving neighbors?

Does chasing dreams
Of Christmas magic
  Make holidays
For some feel tragic?

There’s nothing wrong
With decorations,
Or caroling
With exaltation;

Of silent night
And nativities
That shine His light
Magnificently.

But seeking Christ
Amid Christmas-y
Must reign supreme
Above pageantry.

For mistletoe
And winter wonderland
Cannot replace
The warmth of Bethlehem.

A King was born,
And He came humbly
To show His love
For humanity.

Our greatest gift
To bestow on Him
Is rendered not
Through the Yuletide din.

What matters most
Amongst Christmas cheer
Is serving Christ;
To Him drawing near.

In Christ alone,
There is peace on earth;
His joy excels
Even Christmas mirth.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:14

Sue Nash/2013

For more of my poems, see Poetry Corner